Opportunities in Scotland’s Booming Space Industry

The new space race: what’s giving investors the confidence to aim for the stars?



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Juliette Neu
Chief People & Brand Officer, EVP Asia Pacific, Mangata Networks

As the Co-founder of Mangata Networks, Juliette is a member of the senior management team and an officer of the board at Mangata. She is in charge of the overall people and brand experience, which includes HR, talent, design & brand, CX, communications, and engagement & outreach. 

Juliette Neu is a trained anthropologist with extensive experience in applying anthropological methods to solve complex business situations. She is a result-driven multicultural professional with over twenty years of international practice advising the leadership of aerospace and innovative companies. Before joining Mangata Networks, Juliette ran her own firm and led the talent ramp-up at OneWeb satellites. 

She holds a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology from American University and completed doctoral coursework in Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh. 

On a good day, Juliette speaks four languages (English, French, Korean and Spanish). She loves experiencing how people live, eat, think, and see the world. The pursuit of kindness and wisdom guides her path.

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Dr Hina Khan
Executive Director, Space Scotland

Dr Hina Khan has recently taken up the first ever Executive Director role at Space Scotland, a not-for-profit company formed through an industry-led group seeking to develop the space sector in Scotland. 


As ED, Hina will pull together the sector, championing the unique end to end capability of space in Scotland, engaging directly with UK and Scottish Governments to enable growth of the sector and capture opportunities that can be overcome through effective use of the Scottish Space  Ecosystem. 


Hina has an extensive background in the space sector, with a PhD in Space Science from the University of Leicester, a 10yr research career in space science data analytics from NASA, ESA and UCL, transitioning to knowledge exchange and business development of space applications, finally moving to leadership roles at the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and then Spire to successfully integrate non-space sectors with space and satellite applications, and drive growth is areas of data science, analytics and technology. 


Hina is a Board member for GNOSIS - Global Network on Sustainability In Space and was involved in the development workshops which lead to the first ever Space Sustainability Roadmap, in partnership with Space Scotland. 

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Sonja van Renssen
Editor-in-Chief, Energy Monitor

Sonja van Renssen is editor-in-chief of Energy Monitor, GlobalData's flagship energy title. We're a fully digital, data-led publication dedicated to the global energy transition. Sonja also oversees GD's other energy-related sites, Power Technology, Mining Technology and Offshore Technology. She's a climate and energy journalist based in Brussels with >15 years experience in the sector.

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